Every once in a while, there comes a movie that tests you perspicacity, stretches the boundaries of your imagination and leaves you in complete awe. Interstellar does more than that, it manages to achieve all of the aforementioned, but it also manages to give a complete different and refreshing view to a genre and it takes the viewers for a ride that they simply cannot forget. Christopher Nolan, the director, also the co-writer of the movie has given us a such a movie, that in a few years it will epitomize classics.
The movie is solely based on a space journey, which is actually a quest for looking a new habitable planet in a foreign galaxy. Even if you aren’t a science buff, this was enough to get you hooked. If you’re a geek and are into all this science-y stuff, I have to ask you, how many times did you watch this movie?
Joseph A. Cooper (Played by Matthew McConaughey *aight, aight, aight*) is an ex-NASA pilot turned farmer, due to the wretched state of the planet. The world is shown to be deteriorating and how food was becoming scarce, which only develops the urgency in the viewers mind about how humanity will survive and avoid extinction. Cooper has two children, a 10-year-old daughter, Murphy AKA Murph (Played by Mackenzie Foy) and a 15-year-old son, Tom (Played by Timothee Chalamet). Cooper along with his children live with his father-in-law, Donald (Played by John Lithgow). Cooper even though being a farmer, is shown to have a very perspicacious mind. He likes to explore and he stands by science and knowledge. Loads of instances substantiate in the first half hour of the movie this characteristic of his. The movie is like a complete circle because, it manages to connect all the dots and manages to make the most trivial-seeming details extremely important. Murph complains about there was a ‘ghost’ in her room that had been pushing books down the book shelf and she believed it was trying to tell her something. Cooper just brushes away her claims without even giving it any serious consideration.
One day when there is a strong dirt storm in their town, they rush back to their house and when Murph goes to check whether she’d closed the window in her room with Cooper on her heels, they discover an anomaly. The dirt had fallen in a binary sequence, indicating certain co-ordinates. When Cooper and Murph make their way to those co-ordinates, they discover a secret base of the disbanded organization, NASA. Over there Professor Brand (Played by Michael Caine) along with his daughter, Dr. Brand (Played by Anne Hathaway) explain the deteriorating condition of Earth and about how they have a decade long program looking for suitable replacements. When Cooper agrees to pilot the mission, it is revealed to him that a wormhole had been placed by someone. They believe there are some five-dimensional beings who are trying to help them survive. Cooper is set to leave, but Murph is angry with him and he tries to unsuccessfully placate her. While leaving her, he hands her a watch, asking her to look out for how long it takes him to return.
With impeccable cinematography, Nolan manages to create an illusion of being in space and the three planets the astronauts go to. The viewers vicariously feel so many emotions. From excitement of Dr. Brand meeting them five dimensional being in the wormhole, to being in awe of the theory of time relativity, to trepidation of being swiped away by an enormous tidal way, to animosity towards Dr. Mann (Played by Matt Damon), who was the pioneer of this mission, but ended up back stabbing Cooper and Dr. Brand. The viewers feel betrayed when Professor Brand confesses to the then older Murph (Played by Jessica Chastin) that he had solved the theory to gravity a long time ago, but how quantum mechanics was not coherent with the theorem. The movie moves into a classic Nolan climax, where it leaves the viewers in ambiguity and leaves them fending for the meaning of the climax for themselves. When Cooper along with the advanced military grade robot TARS (Voiced by Bill Irwin) go into the black hole, the movie moves to a whole new dimension of imagination. This part of the movie received a lot of criticism because of no substantial scientific backing, but I couldn’t help wonder is there any substantial scientific backing/logic about what is inside a black hole?
Cooper lands up in a tesseract, that shows time as a physical dimension and only shows scenes of his 10-year-old daughter in her room where all the anomalies took place. At the start of the movie, these anomalies seemed like plot-runners but then it turns they played a much more significant role in the movie. Cooper is the ghost who pushes the books off the shelves. He helps his daughter solve the theorem and help save humanity. Cooper feels that the tesseract is showing the scene of his daughter’s room, because the five dimensional beings knew how to create lapses and turn time into a physical dimension, but do not know how to interfere with it, but his love for Murphy transcends all such barriers and hence being a three-dimensional being, he uses normal physics to interfere with the physical form of time.
Many questions were raised as to how Cooper lands up outside the wormhole near Saturn. Well I do not possess a lot scientific knowledge, so I’m just going to state what logic pleases my conscience. When the elder Murphy discovers her dad’s message from the watch and deduces the solution to the gravity theorem, it removes the possibility of people not being able to escape earth, hence the earthlings manage to save themselves, ultimately fulfilling the goals of the fifth dimensional beings. Once the goals were met, the fifth dimensional beings broke the tesseract and turned everything inside it into fifth dimensional again, including Cooper. The breaking of the tesseract is so powerful, Cooper involuntarily is pushed back in time, out of the blackhole, back in time, where he shakes the hand of Dr. Brand in wormhole which we had seen earlier (Mind=blown). By the time he crosses the wormhole, into the present day, he turns back into a three-dimensional being and Cooper Station find him with only minutes of oxygen left.
Mathew McConaughey has done an excellent job, but somehow it didn’t appeal to me as much as his performance in the Dallas Buyers’ Club. Can Anne Hathaway be any more awesome. She is simply so natural in any role. Honestly, for me the biggest check in my books was Hans Zimmer’s music. Without his concerti, the movie wouldn’t be half of what it was. The background music is what sets the tone and creates the anxiety and excitement in the viewer’s minds. You must listen to the record called S.T.A.Y. Interstellar is one of Nolan’s best work, but it isn’t consummate unlike The Dark Knight. But Interstellar helped me ponder upon the far reaches of the galaxy and the universe, the mysteries it holds and how we know so little about a place where us human have inhabited for millions of years. It doesn’t matter if you like sci-fi or aren’t a science buff. Interstellar is one movie you cannot not watch.
My rating for Interstellar: 8.9/10